Category Archives: Cakes

Bake! – Kyra’s Hot Milk Sponge Cake

The 11th recipe I made from Nick Malgieri’s “Bake!” was Kyra’s Hot Milk Sponge Cake. I know, this recipe hasn’t been on the official lineup yet, but let me explain what happened. Continue reading


Kirschlikuchen – Cherry Cake

Inspired by Ulrike I recently made a fake “Kirschlikuchen”. Fake, in that the “real” Kirschlikuchen is a cake from a box: a mix of flour, sugar, baking powder, rice starch, emulsifying agents, flavoring, and thickening agents. To this, you add butter, eggs, and chocolate flakes, and a jar of sour cherries. It’s Ulrike’s designation to recreate such box mixes as closely as possible, of course without those bad things like emulsifying agents, flavoring and thickening agents ;o). I thought her result looked perfect, so I tried my hands on it, too. And indeed, this cake was delicious! My son’s new favorite cake!

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Birthday Cakes Part 8: Parrot Cake

It was my oldest daugther’s birthday recently and when I asked her which cake she wanted me to bake she immediately said “A parrot cake!”. When I talked about her decision with my twitter pals I realized that at least in the U.S. parrot cake is totally unknown. Here, it is a VERY common birthday cake for kids and its name (in German: Papageienkuchen) derives from the fact that this cake is as colorful as a parrot. Continue reading >>>

Some more holiday baking

It's December, it's winter, and we have tons of snow - lamp on our picnic table

I did not only make biscotti in December, but also spent my time with making: Peter Reinhart’s Stollen, Pandoro, sugar cookies, toblerone shortbread cookies, lime meltaway cookies, white chocolate Brazil nut cookies, cinnamon pecan breakfast ring, Bittman’s refrigerator cookies and semolina bread. Unfortunately, there is no time to blog about all of them – I don’t even have pictures of all my creations.  So, here’s just a little collage of the pictures I’ve got ;-).

Modern Baker Challenge – Individual New York Cheesecakes

Just a quick note to let the world know that I made another recipe from “The Modern Baker” by Nick Malgieri. It was not the cheesecakes’ turn in the Modern Baker Challenge yet, but I had been eyeing this recipe for quite a while already. The recipe was easy, the most annoying part was cutting out pieces of baking paper for the ramekins. I wonder why my individual cakes don’t look as neat as the ones in the book – I did use a lot of butter for the sides of the ramekins. Any ideas? The flavor was amazing, though. But you definitely have to serve it with some fruit, they complement the sweet cakes really well!

Perfect All-American Chocolate Torte – The Cake Bible

Thanks to my dear friend Sara, I now own “The Cake Bible” by Rose Levy Beranbaum. I was absolutely thrilled when she got me this book for my birthday. Thank you so much, Sara!!!

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Modern Baker Challenge – Parisian Fruit Tartlets

When I read that Abby had made the Parisian Fruit Tarts from The Modern Baker I immediately knew I had to make them, too, because the picture was mouth-watering!  Continue reading >>